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Wolverines ready to play their own game

Wadena-Deer Creek's Autumn Jahnke will be one of six seniors on Sue Volkmann's 2014 volleyball squad.

Sue Volkmann sees her Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines playing their own game as they tackle their 2014 schedule.

"We're a year older, we're more mature and we're more confident," Volkmann said. "They're trying to play for themselves now."

Hope Theisen, a standout for the Wolverines during a five-year run that saw them claim four state tournament trips, a state title and a section runner-up finish, graduated last spring creating a clean break with the club's illustrious past.

The Wolverines went from a 22-9 season in 2012 to a 6-24 record in 2013.

"We were so inexperienced," Volkmann said. "The only one back with any experience was Hope. There was a lot of pressure on them."

The Wolverines will be led by six seniors this season.

Danyel Post is a 5-9 outside hitter who is expected to give the team an offensive threat with her quickness and her jumping ability.

Jennifer Craig is a 5-8 outside hitter who was hampered by a sprained ankle most of last season. Craig brings dependability to the court.

"She's one of those kids who you want on your team," Volkmann said.

Sam Manselle is a 5-6 defensive specialist who has impressed Volkmann with her passing and steady play.

Autumn Jahnke is a 5-6 setter who missed a big part of the 2013 season with an ankle sprain.

Morgan Zeise is a 5-6 outside hitter who Volkmann rates as a good team player.

Carrie Nelson was also injured for a good portion of the 2013 season but the 5-8 outside hitter is expected to bring good quickness to the court this season.

Juniors on the team will be 5-9 middle blocker and defensive player Lauren Soroko and 5-4 defensive specialist Jessica Langer. Volkmann calls Soroko a hard working player while Langer is the type of back row player who tries for every shot.

The Wolverines have a strong sophomore in 5-8 Casey Volkmann. The outside hitter and setter is rated as the team's top offensive player.

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, Perham and Pequot Lakes are expected to be three of the strongest area teams on WDC's schedule this season.